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Are You a Line or Space? A Quick Valentine Activity!

 

Are You a Line or Space

 Are You a Line or Space

I am always looking for something different to do with my students, to shake things up a bit and add some fun to piano lessons.

I put a sign on my front door, “Are You a Line or Space?” This made them curious and got them interested. They all had no idea what I was planning on doing, but they have come to expect that piano lessons are not going to be the same-old thing.

I printed two staves with either line or space notes shaped like hearts. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up,  I used that as a theme.

I told them I was doing a musical experiment on lines and spaces. I explained there would be two teams, the Lines and the Spaces,  and I wanted to see which was the easiest for students. They could choose their team or pick a line or space card from a bowl to be assigned a team. I have some students who would take 10 minutes to decide, and I need to move fast in piano lessons, so picking from the bowl turned out to be a time saver for those indecisive or aprehensive students.  

 I sat them down in front of either a line or space card. While I timed them with my phone stopwatch, they placed a bingo chip on each note as they called out the name of the note. 

It didn’t take long, and students were allowed to try several times, so I could write down their fastest time on the printable I made to record the times. The more practice, the better, and everyone wanted to try it several times.  Even so, it took less than 5 minutes.

Many of the students decided to be on the “space” team, because they said spaces are the easiest. That was fine with me. What they don’t know yet is that next week I’m going to post the Are You Ready to Switch poster, and we are going to switch sides!

I hoped to have time to made ledger line cards, but I didn’t. However, you could use my mini-ledger line flash cards and accomplish the same thing. Spread them out of the table and play the same way.

Yesterday I shared this activity  with my Facebook Group, Piano Teacher FunMakers. I really wasn’t planning on blogging about it, because it’s kind of silly, the clip art is from other things I’ve made, and the printables were hastily made to get it done before my students arrived!

But, it has turned out to be fun and I wanted to share. I told teachers  I would get this posted in time for them to use it Monday, if they wish, so here it is. If you start Monday, you will have 2 weeks to play it before Valentines. Hope you have fun with it! I know we are!

 

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Some Easy Valentine Music

Valentine Music

Every year, right before Valentine’s Day, I try to remember to print out some quick sheet music for fun and sight reading. As many of you have told me, I’ve posted so much over the years that sometimes it is hard to find it all. Today’s post has links to most of the sheet music about Valentine’s Day that I’ve posted over the years. Of course I’ve concentrated on the younger students, so none of the sheets are longer than one page. There are two folk songs that are harder, an early level two, and one that is late level two. All of these have been posted before except for a brand new sheet for the first day of lessons, Valentine’s Day.

The following 2 songs are on the black keys and are so easy even preschool children can play them at the first lesson. They love to go home with a holiday song they can play right away.

Valentines Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day PR is the new printable I have never posted. If you are starting a new student, print this and Roses are Red now! They are perfect for the first day of lessons and students go home so excited to be playing a Valentine’s song.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is for beginners or young children who don’t read on the staff yet. It is played on the white keys.

Chocolate Valentines On the Staff came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and begged me to make one for her on the staff.

This next  song set is the traditional Valentine’s folk song, Love Somebody, Yes I do, arranged in 3 levels.

Love Somebody – This version is pre-reading on the white keys.

Love Somebody – Beginners who read notes on the staff can play this one.

Love Somebody – This is a level two version. It has eighth notes and some hands together. It is only one page, so there is time to learn it by Valentine’s. Day.

There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart is my favorite Valentine’s folk song. This version is for level 2B. Although it only has one page, it does have a dotted quarter notes and some coordination of the hands.  The left hand starts with eighth notes for the turning wheel sound.

If you have a lot of students and want to save on printing costs, put these sheets in page protectors and loan them to students! After the holiday is over, students give them back to you for future use. Keep them in your binder so you can get to them easily when you want to use holiday music, with dividers for each holiday. You can use worksheets the same way, and students can even use dry eraser markers on the sheet protectors.

In the next week or so I’ll post links to all the Valentine games I’ve posted. In the meantime, if you go over to the right side of my home page and type Valentine’s Day or Valentines in the search engine, all my Valentine posts over the past few years will pop up, including games, worksheets, and music. 

I would like to send a special thank you to those of you who so generously help with the expenses of this site. If it were not for you, this would not be possible!

 

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Some Valentine Games, Music, and Activities

Here are some Valentine’s Day music and activities that I’ve posted over the years. First I list 7 elementary piano solos, and then some worksheets and games. Click on the link below the picture to download this Valentine’s Day Material.
Roses Are Red
Roses Are Red- for the first few weeks of lessons

Chocolate Valentines pre-reading

Chocolate Valentines on-the-staff

Love Somebody_PreReadingLove Somebody Pre-reading

Love Somebody_PrimerLove Somebody Primer (on-the-staff)

Love Somebody_Level2ALove Somebody Level 2 (8th notes and some hands together)

There's a little Wheel a-turningThere’s a Little Wheel a-Turning in my Heart (late elementary)

Valentines Composing SheetWrite a Valentine’s Song (a composing activity)

Valentine NotesValentine Notes (a worksheet to write notes on a grand staff)

Valentine Note HuntValentine Note  worksheet  (draw lines to connect notes to the staff)

RhythmDictation iPad copyRhythm Heart Beats (for dictation) You can put this one on your IPad and save paper!

More Rhythm HeartsMore Rhythm Heart Beats

Valentine Card Hunt copyValentine Note Hunt – a student favorite!

Hearts and ClubsNotesHearts and Clubs – Notes

HeartsAndClubsIntervalsHearts and Clubs – Intervals

HeartsAndClubsKeyboardsHearts and Clubs – Keyboard Flash Cards (use these instead of note flash cards with the Hearts and Clubs Notes board game.

ValentineNoteBoardSteal a Heart – a board game for group lessons. This is good for reviewing ledger lines with your older students. My middle school students love this game in group lessons.

ValentineNoteBoardCardsCards for Steal a Heart – the PDF contains many ledger line cards.

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Valentine “Card” Hunt

It’s Valentine’s Week, and if you’re looking for a last-minute quick and easy activity for young students, here is a Valentine’s Day game  you still have time to print  and use today! There is not much planning, the rules are simple, and all you need is a few minutes to cut out the cards . This activity is a re-post from January in case you are a new reader, or didn’t see it the first time I posted it, and I’m posting it here today as a reminder. Also some teachers wanted to see a photo of the folded cards. If you are a parent, this a fun game to play with your children to introduce rhythm names.

The printable cards look like this:

Valentine Card Hunt

Click on the link under the picture above. That will take you to my website where you can download the free printable. Print the pages on sturdy card stock and cut them out. Do not laminate the cards. Fold in the middle so the heart is on one side and the notes on the other. (Cardstock is easier to fold if you score it lightly using a ruler and a dull point, such as a dull butter knife. Leave a comment if you need more directions.) After folding, the cards sit up like a tent. Hide them around the room with the Valentine heart facing out. Do not hide too well, or students will not find them and next Christmas you will still be finding Valentine cards in little hidey-holes in your studio!

Directions

Tell your student that you have hidden little Valentine “cards” all over the room. The cards have different rhythm values on the back. The student’s job is to find and collect the ones with half notes (or whatever note you want to work on) as fast as possible.  Depending on how much time you have, you can play again, collecting different rhythms.

This is also an excellent activity to introduce a new rhythm to beginning students.

Objective

  • To quickly learn to recognize rhythm note names
  • To learn that stems can go up or down
  • To introduce rhythm names to beginners
  • To play a fast (under 3 minutes) Valentine’s Day game

Ages

  • Early childhood to grade 2 or 3

This is a variation of a game idea from Cecilly called Quarter Note Hunt, and it has been a long time favorite in my studio.

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